Paula McClain

Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Paula D. McClain, a professor of political science and public policy, is dean of The Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education.

McClain’s primary research interests are in racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, and urban politics. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, and The DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race.

Her books include, "’Can We All Get Along?’: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics,” which she coauthored with Joseph Stewart Jr., and “American Government in Black and White,” which she co-authored with Steven C. Tauber.

She is a past vice president of the American Political Science Association, a past president of the Southern Political Science Association and a past president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. She served as program co-chair of the 2003 International Political Science Association World Congress in Durban, South Africa.

She also served on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study (2008 and 2012).

Academic Leadership

Dean, School of Medicine
Dean, Fuqua School of Business
Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment
Dean, School of Nursing & Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs
Dean, Divinity School
Dean, Pratt School of Engineering
Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy
Dean, School of Law
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Vice Provost, Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development
Vice Provost for Library Affairs
Vice Provost for the Arts
Executive Vice Provost for Finance and Administration
Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Programs
Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice Provost for Duke Kunshan University and China Initiatives
Vice Provost and Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Vice Provost for Research
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

University Administration

Vice President and General Counsel
Vice President, Administration
Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Vice President, Student Affairs
Vice President, Facilities
Vice President, Office for Institutional Equity
Vice President and University Secretary
Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development
Vice President, Finance
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Vice President, Durham and Regional Affairs
President, DUMAC